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Whitehall Palace

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Address: Whitehall Palace 1529 Whitehall, London SW1A 2ER, England
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We did not plan on entering the Whitehall Palace but as it was on our London Pass and we had some time we decided to go in. The paintings on the ceiling are beautiful and worth... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2016
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Reviewed November 1, 2016

We did not plan on entering the Whitehall Palace but as it was on our London Pass and we had some time we decided to go in. The paintings on the ceiling are beautiful and worth going to see if you love art. The guide explained what we were seeing and on the floor there were bean bags so you... More 

1 Thank SkipJack4
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2016

To be honest I wasn't expecting too much but I was surprised. I especially liked the huge bean bags provided for you to use and appreciate the beautiful ceilings. This too enabled me to relax and listen to the excellent audio tour without distraction. It's only one room but the history and information about current use is great considering it's... More 

1 Thank Wendy S
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed July 18, 2016

Even if you don't know anything about art history, you can only be dazzled by the amazing, pompous, dramatique, moving, through and through baroque ceilings by the Flemish artists Peter Paul Rubens in what remains of this once impressive palace. Not enough visitors go there, so be sure you do. Comfortable seats to stare at the ceiling, interesting & complimentary... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2015

The Banqueting Hall is the only remaining part of the old Palace of Whitehall. A very small venue but worth the visit. There is a very informative video and the highlight – the magnificent Rubens painted ceiling. Bean-bag chairs are provided so you can lie back and really take your time to admire them while listening to the audio track.

1 Thank Edward068
Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2015

Visiting as a U3a group, plenty of room for 50 people extra weekday afternoon. Not many other there: a pity as a lovely part of our heritage,The main hall is quite amazing, especially the ceiling by Reubens. Ex King James 1 drinking den good too with video,. Two of our people were poorly ,, and the first aider was wonderful... More 

1 Thank david r
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Be careful , reviews directing you to Whitehall palace 1529 York place, will send you the wrong way. Follow historic palaces banqueting hall directions for stress free directions. Worth visiting too !

3 Thank Blackwater_13
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 1, 2015

Whitehall Palace was once Europe's largest royal residence. It occupied land between Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament, extending down to the Thames and across what is now Horse Guards Parade. Henry VIII was the first monarch to live here, followed by James I and later Charles. The Banqueting House is the only surviving part which is open to... More 

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Chester, Virginia
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Reviewed January 27, 2015

The Banqueting Hall: Hard to imagine the pomp and circumstances of this sumptuous space! The beauty of the Ruben paintings on the ceiling alone are worth the visit. You and the kids can play dress-up in actors' garb. Charles I was executed here for having lost the civil war. His last words: I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Henry VIII established Whitehall Palace to replace Westminster as his main residence in London. In 1698 the majority of the palace was destroyed by fire but the banqueting hall survived. The visit includes a video giving historical information about the building plus an audio tour explaining the changes the building has undergone and a lot of information about the fantastic... More 

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